Tips to Avoid Drowsy Driving
Drowsy driving comes with a lot of risk, danger, and at times lead to tragedy. Driving in this condition can happen if there is an untreated sleep disorder, use of medication, use of alcohol, or lack of sleep from the driver. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns that drowsiness:
- Makes you less able to pay attention to the road.
- Slows reaction time if you have to brake or steer suddenly.
- Affects your ability to make good decisions.
Quick fixes such as drinking coffee or energy drinks are not always enough. To effectively avoid drowsy driving, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests the following:
- Get adequate sleep on a daily basis.
- Avoid drinking any alcohol before driving.
- Always check your prescription and over-the-counter medication labels to see if drowsiness could result from their use.
- Avoid driving during the peak sleepiness periods (late afternoon and midnight – 6 a.m.).
- If you must drive during the peak sleepiness periods, stay vigilant for signs of drowsiness, such as crossing over roadway lines or hitting a rumble strip, especially if you are driving alone.